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For the last few days I have immersed myself in Antonia and her Daughters by Marlena di Blasi. I’m hoping to write the review later today – some mum things to do first – but I will say here that I really loved this book. Di Blasi’s writing is evocative, warm and inviting. It was her description of eating in a Tuscan farmhouse that inspired my lunch today: a potato, leek and white bean soup. Infused with garlic and rosemary from my garden, the simple, subtle flavours are calling me to have just a little more. Excuse me while I do just that…
It’s been an interesting week reading-wise. I’ve finished City of Souls by Cassandra Clare and I’ve started reading My Hundred Lovers by Susan Johnson and Dinner at Rose’s by Danielle Hawkins. From next week I will be blogging my responses to My Hundred Lovers as part of a June read along. On the 8th, 15th and 22nd of June I will be joining an online discussion – it’s sure to be fun. I’ll keep you posted here, or you can check the host blog at http://1girl2manybooks.wordpress.com/
I’ve also been offered an advance copy of Jay Kristoff’s debut Steampunk novel Stormdancer, which is being published in September. The storyline features a dying land, an impossible quest and a sixteen year old girl with a hidden gift. Stormdancer is the first book in a hotly contested trilogy; it’s sure to get lots of hype over the next few months.
Author Kerri Sackville (The Little Book of Anxiety) was kind enough to have a chat with me recently. I really admire her for putting herself out there and sharing her experiences of anxiety. I’ve shared a snapshot of my chat with her on Write Note Reviews.
Speaking of reviews, it’s time for me to go and write some. Happy reading!

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